Fresh from her critical success in Alan Bissett’s play on the Festival Fringe, Elaine C Smith had her stardom further enhanced by an appearance on batemanbroadcasting! Next week it’s Angelina Jolie (I think she’s a No).
Elaine has twinned her performance career with politics for a couple of decades now and never fails to impress with a combination of intelligent analysis and down-to-earth language. It is a gift that is reminiscent of Margo.
She gives free rein to it in our free-wheeling chat over half an hour in which she talks about her parents break-up, her realisation that the UK political system couldn’t or wouldn’t protect working class Scots and gives me the low-down on how famous Scots are planning to vote – oh no, that bit was after we switched of the mics…
We also hear what she thinks of Patronising Woman.
The difference between her and so many other celeb endorsers is that she isn’t endorsing so much as putting her heart and soul into the entire movement for Yes. Among her roles is a seat on the Yes campaign board and she can also field questions on any aspect of the debate as she proves to me when I press her. And she wouldn’t be on any questions of Radio Four unless she could fence with the best.
What I also admire is that, like me, she’s decided to go for it. She isn’t taking prisoners because this debate is too important for pussyfooting around and putting personal advantage ahead of political need. We can all preserve networks of mutual interest by not speaking out but if we can’t stand up and be counted when our independence is at stake, what are we worth?
And let me know what you think. And its on Youtube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L4SSxy49qVo